Amazon Fire tablets are some of the only high-profile, ultra-affordable tablets around. The prices seem too good to be true—and in some ways, they are—but fire tablets are also completely functional, reasonably capable devices. To help you decide if one of these slates is right for you, we reviewed every model. These are our unfiltered recommendations.
Fire HD 10 (2019)
The Fire HD 10 is the speediest and most well-rounded amazon tablet. Amazon refreshed it in late 2019 with a slight processor bump and 2 gigabytes of ram. The bigger news was the addition of a USB-c charging port, which has since spread to the Fire HD 8 models as well. Most android phones and several laptops use USB-c for charging, so having it on this tablet means one less cable to carry around.
The Fire HD 10 has a larger screen with more pixels (1080p) than its siblings, making it better for watching videos. Furthermore, like the Fire HD 8, you can shout commands at Alexa from across the room. To use Alexa’s show mode, just swipe down on the notification overlay and check the show mode box. From that point forward, you can set your HD 10 on a stand (we like the official magnetic standing case) and it essentially becomes an echo show.
You can choose between a 32-gigabyte or a 64-gigabyte model (with a micro sd slot on both if you need more space). Whichever you choose, amazon will serve up advertisements on the lock screen. To get rid of that you’ll need to spend $15 more for the version without “uncommon offers.”
Fire HD 8 (2020)
The newly refreshed 2020 version of the Fire HD 8 is quite possibly one of the best values around for a tablet. The travel-friendly size, combined with a processor upgrade and a plus model ($110) with 3 gigabytes of ram and wireless charging, make the new fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as its larger sibling.
It’s portable enough to take with you anywhere, and its screen won’t torture your eyes when you watch NetFlix. All things considered, the screen is not quite as nice as the one on the larger fire HD 10, which boasts a higher pixel density.
All things considered, HD 8 has most of the benefits of HD 10, including hands-free Alexa, stereo sound, USB-c, and nearly 12 hours of battery life. I recommend picking up amazon’s magnetic stand-up case if you plan on watching movies or tv, or if you opt for the plus model, the wireless charging dock turns your tablet into an echo show speaker.
Fire HD 8 kids edition (2020)
Amazon offers kid-friendly versions of all its fire tablets. We think HD 8 is the best device for most kids. Contrasted with the older fire 7 ($100), the larger screen is sharper and you get Dolby stereo sound with dual speakers. The Fire HD 10 ($200) (which also has all those features) is big in kid hands, especially with the kid’s edition case around it, so it’s better suited for older children.
The kid’s edition versions are the same as the regular fire tablets, except they come with a rugged case and a two-year worry-free guarantee, which means Amazon will replace the tablet for free if your kids break it. It also comes with one year of free time unlimited, offering access to kid-friendly movies, books, games, and apps. It costs $3 per month after the first year.